Buffet Menu looking sparse?

posted 8 months ago in Food
  • poll: What should I do?
    Menu looks good as it is : (3 votes)
    6 %
    Add sweet potato napoleon : (8 votes)
    16 %
    Add some other item : (35 votes)
    70 %
    Look for a different caterer : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 16
    Member
    6599 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Add salad. Preferably in salad bar style rather than choosing the toppings for everyone. Also I love Mac and cheese but agree with the masses… people aren’t likely to choose it as a side for lasagne 

    Post # 17
    Member
    922 posts
    Busy bee

    1. Add salad.

    2. Ditch either the lasagna or the Mac & cheese. A menu that limited does not need 2 pasta options. With such a small guest list, do you 100% know you need a vegetarian option? I would rather see a meat lasagna and another vegetable side like grilled asparagus or brocollini OR a beef based entree (without a cream based sauce) with the Mac & cheese. 

    3. Are you serving wedding cake or is the cheesecake your desert? You don’t need both and could put the cheesecake money towards a beef-based entree.

    4. Can they not cook the vegetables in honey butter? It’s a lot of sugary, creamy menu options. Olive oil is better choice. Or just plain butter.

    Post # 18
    Member
    14940 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

     Really what you have is chicken or veggie option with 2 sides, not counting rolls. I think it needs another meat or two, or meat and fish, and another veggie option and maybe salad.  When I think buffet, or have gone to buffet catered events, there are at least 6-8 item options and 2 or more desserts.  This menu is more of a meal in buffet style.

    Post # 19
    Member
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2020

    Is $1500 your entire catering budget or can you go a bit higher? I think for the budget you have, this is not a bad menu. I wouldn’t really call it a buffet per se but almost like “get your own plated food.” Usually buffets have multiple options for each course, but that also means the prices are higher. In my area, buffets tend to be more expensive than plated dinners for that reason. If your budget can allow for it, I’d add 1-2 salad options, and another meat option. I wouldn’t do sweet potato because you already have two pasta options.

    Post # 20
    Member
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I would omit the cheesecake if you are having wedding cake and try to add another meat option.  I would swap the mac n cheese for salad or another veggie dish. I googled sweet potato napolean and theres no way I would eat that.

    Post # 21
    Member
    1533 posts
    Bumble bee

    ozbee :  i totally thought sweet potato napolean was a savory side and not a dessert. I wouldn’t pick that up either.

    Post # 23
    Member
    746 posts
    Busy bee

    serendipitouslyus :  I like your new menu much more, and I think it goes better together…as long as you will have options for people with dietary restrictions and food allergies (ex. vegans who can’t eat anything with meat or cheese).

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